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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Jeffries, Rosell L.
URN etd-04242000-17130025
Title Influence of Exposure to Sexually-Violent Rap Lyrics on Acceptance of Violence towards Women
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Eisler, Richard M. Committee Chair
Bunch-Lyons, Beverly Committee Member
Finney, Jack W. Committee Member
Harrison, David W. Committee Member
Jones, Russell T. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Lyrics
  • Rap
  • Hostility
  • Women
  • Violence
Date of Defense 2000-03-22
Availability mixed
Abstract
Influence of Exposure to Sexually-Violent Rap Music on

Acceptance of Violence Towards Women

Rosell L. Jeffries

(ABSTRACT)

This study examined the mediating effect of hostility towards women on the relationship between exposure to

misogynistic rap music and acceptance of violence towards

women. Additionally, the impact of male hostility towards

women on the relationship between consuming rap music and

acceptance of rape myths and general attitudes towards

violence were also examined. Participants for this study

were 87 high and low-hostile college males between the

ages of 18 and 25, who were randomly assigned to one of

three exposure conditions (sexually-violent/degrading

condition, generally violent condition and a non-violent/

control condition). Results indicated that men

exposed to misogynistic rap music endorsed significantly

greater acceptance of violence towards women than those in

the non-violent/control condition did. Also, men with a

high level of hostility towards women endorsed

significantly greater acceptance of violence towards

women, a significantly greater acceptance of rape myths

and endorsed significantly more positive attitudes towards

violence than low hostile men. Although no interaction

effects were found between music condition and hostility

level, this study provides empirical evidence of the

potential deleterious influence of exposure to

misogynistic rap music lyrics on men's acceptance of

violence towards women.

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